Top 7 Reasons We Feel Stressed Out

“I’m so stressed out.” We’ve all said it, and felt the effects of living it.

In our fast-paced, over-stimulated culture, we’re constantly pushing our brains and bodies to the limit. Too little sleep, exercise, and lack of a healthy diet only contribute to this feeling of anxiety, fatigue, and overwhelmedness.

You might be surprised to learn that feeling stress enabled humans’ successful evolution. Stress is your body’s way of responding to any kind of demand. Back in the hunter-gatherer days, our bodies would release stress-inducing chemicals into the blood so that we could either fight or flee when faced with a threat. Cortisol, a stress-induced hormone, can help boost energy and immunity, and even improve memory function in the short term. Once the threat was over, everything went back to normal.

Unfortunately, the stress we feel today isn’t brought on by a predator or the need to escape from physical entanglement. What we feel today is internal stress which comes from worry about things we can’t control. Some people even become addicted to the kind of hurried, tense, lifestyle that results from being under stress. They even look for stressful situations and feel stress about things that aren’t stressful.

Check out the infographic below to learn seven of the most common sources of internal stress, and some suggestions for how to de-stress your life before it kills you.

Is Stress Killing You?

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61 comments

Val M.
Val M.3 years ago

Thanks

Camilla Vaga
Camilla Vaga3 years ago

noted

Elena T.
Elena Poensgen3 years ago

Thank you :)

Elena B.
Elena Bonati3 years ago

Thanks for posting.

Christine W.
Christine W.3 years ago

Thanks for sharing.

Kate S.
Kate S.3 years ago

Ponder this then: we pay "pro athletes" millions upon millions of dollars verses paying First responders (Fire/EMS, Police ), Dr's and nurses and teachers DIDLEY-SQUAT! Hows them apples?! (And to think we allow society to play athletes on a pedestal and it's actually considered stressful to play a game for a living)

Magdika Cecilia Perez
Magdika Perez3 years ago

stress indirectly - kills

Kathy K.
Kathy K.3 years ago

Thanks.

Helen Wu
Helen Wu3 years ago

:O

Ken W.
Ken W.3 years ago

also Lupe G. right --- you can`t read that thing